There are two good things about this year’s bad flu season:
This year’s vaccine is a good match for circulating strains, and there’s still vaccine available. But it may be hard to find.
Flu started early … is hitting harder, in more places … especially the Southeast.
Flu can be fatal. Vaccination is vital.
Everyone over six months old should be vaccinated every year … and there’re several vaccines to choose from.
First, the regular, one serum fits all, flu shot.
For 65 and older, there’s a high dose version that improves immune response.
If you’re leery of needles, and between 18 and 64, there’s the intradermal vaccine … with a really tiny needle.
If you just can’t stand needles, there’s the nasal flu vaccine.
It’s a spray made from live but weakened virus, so it’s only for healthy people, 2 to 49. It’s not for anyone with chronic medical conditions.
And it’s not for pregnant women. They need flu vaccination, but must receive the inactivated shot.
If you haven’t been vaccinated, don’t delay.
Flu vaccination gives you an edge in fighting the infection
The vaccine won’t give you flu … but it takes two weeks to build up protective antibodies. So meanwhile, if you’re exposed, you could get sick. If you catch it, even if you’ve been vaccinated, call your doctor to start treatment with antiviral drugs as soon as possible.